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F-16D Fighting Falcon- Chapter 1

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 – Main Fuselage Details

Kınetic reboxed by Italeri F-16D kit is completed after 5 month works. Kit converted Block 50+  with some additions from Hasegawa F-16 Block 52+.

Livery is for F-16D Block 50+ from 161.squadron 6.Main Jet Base – Bandırma.

This kit is builded to show some scratch build open panel works.

24 scratch build, 8 resin, total 32 open panel builded in 1/48 scale.

The other additions are:

  • Resin cockpit and seats.
  • Resin wheel bays and tires.
  • Resin exhaust nozzle.
  • Resin weapons.
  • Resin Sniper pod.
  • Some photoetch additions like Remove Before Flags.
  • Scratch build FOD covers.

Detailed building phases published in IN PROGRESS section.

This section is for main kits look after finish.Detailed open panel pictures are going to publish later.

Click for Kit Detail

End of this section.

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 3

Fuselage Top

7 open panel added top of fuselage, 2 of them resin parts and remaining panels are scratch build.

I used resin M61A1 Canon bays.Options are HADMODELS and CMK KITS. But HADMODELS resin bay is much more accurate up to me.

Details has shown below.

Main view of open panels after cutting.

HADMODELS resin gun bay attached to fuselage. Open panel next behind of the gun bay is going to be Hydraulic A system reservoir bay.

I used HADMODELS resins for second and last resin panel for fuselage top is for Emergency Power Unit which is very nice detailed. Next open bay behind of the Emergency Power Unit is going to be Hydraulic B system reservoir.

Base of scratch build open panels builded with Evergreen plastic parts.

Some details added.

All open panels airbrushed with proper base colors.

The open bay in front of resin Emergengy Power Unit is for Hydrezine Tank.

Some pneumatic pipes and cabels added to Hydrezine tank bay and all parts started to paint.

Hydraulic B reservoir added and this bay detailed with addind lot of pipe and tubes. All scratch build.

Same scratch build process for Hydraulis A system.  The pictures are examples for only hydraulic reservoir before detailed.

And Hydraulic A bay after detailed.

Scratch build Hydrezine tank.

And Hydrezine tank in its place.

Gun bay detailed some cable work and resin ammunition.

In front of Hydrezine tank there is an avionic bay which is totaly scratch builded.

End of this section.

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 Scale – Part 1

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 Scale – Part 2

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 2

Fuselage Bottom And Tail Section

19 engine access panels builded at bottom fuselage.Only 4 of them at bottom fuselage and tail section are resin detail set from “HADMODELS 148003 Exterior set for Hasegawa kits” used in Italeri F-16.

All access panels planning to be detailed are engraved. Two of them detailed with some proper size of metal coffee filter

Bottom of the fuselage,2 open panels behind the landing gear on the left of jet are the “Jet Fuel Starter”. Front panel with filter is for air delivery and rear one is for exhaust during engine start. They are going to have half closed cover before finishing model.

Hyraulic filling and servicing doors. One for hydraulic A,left side and the other is for hydraulic B right side of the bottom fuselage under front wing root. Totally builded from plastic, detailed with spare gauges decals

Coming next two scratch builds. Small one is for Ground Air Cooling Plug, big one is for Fuel Servicing panel.

Close up look for fuel servicing panel after install.

And Ground Cooling plug.

Picture above also shows complete Hydraulic access and servicing panel after assembly.Panel between these panels base look for gun compartment gas delivery bay. It will be almost closed panel thats why detail is builded less.

Coming photo is showing some parts of “HADMODELS 148003 Exterior set for Hasegawa kits” resin detail set after painting.

And looks after attached the “HADMODELS” resin parts in the fuselage. After the resin  assebly i added some hydraulic lines over the resins.

Remaining 4 engine access and maintanence panels are totally scratch builded with various plastic and cables.

Final photos of F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 2 are from tail sections. The detail shows the Fight Control Acumulators area for the rudder sections.

The detail is a part of “HADMODELS 148003 Exterior set for Hasegawa kits” resin again which is perfect detail for this area.

End of this section.

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 1

New beginning with Italeri 1/48 scale F-16D Fighting Falcon.

Extra detail set :

  • Aires resin cockpit set
  • Aires resin Wheel bays
  • Aires resin Exhaust Nozzle
  • CMK resin armament set
  • HAD Models resin exterior set

Plan is to make some maintanence and access panels scratch build as much as possible.

Planning open panels marked with red.

As first step resin wheel bays painted, weathered and detailed. Most diffcult resin wheel bay in my opinion because of very thin cable detail. Almost impossible to paint.

Here the results:

Nose wheel bay:

First open panel works:

8 panel at dorsal section of tail drilled first and inner area created with several plastic parts. Grey parts are kits parts and white parts evergreen plastic cutted proper shape for base inner detail.

Scratch builded parts so far are painted and weathered.

Various evergreen plastic rods added inside of spine holes.

Some of them painted in its place some of them outside.

Various metal wires added according to reference photos.

After last two pneumatic tube assembly where upper side of all other cables, first part of scratch build open panel job is completed with more than 80 extra parts.

Open panel lips are also created with evergreen parts.

Results after all scratch build work:

Next steps coming soon…